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6 Ways to Get Ready for the New School Year

Michael Christie

Michael has had the pleasure of calling Guelph home his entire life...

Michael has had the pleasure of calling Guelph home his entire life...

Feb 22 3 minutes read

Where did the summer go? It seems like just yesterday that the kids dropped their backpacks and turned off their brains for some R&R.

Now, all too soon (or perhaps not if you’re dealing with bored wee ones!) it’s time to get ready to go back to school.

Are you ready?

Here are 6 ways to help you and your children get ready for the new school year.

#1: Lights out

If you haven’t yet started getting the kids back into their school sleep schedule, start now. Gradually moving up bedtimes makes the transition from late summer nights easier to adjust to. On the flip side, start waking the kids up a bit earlier each day so that by the first day of school, they’re used to the earlier hours.

#2: Meal routines

If your summer routine has been different than what they can expect on school days, start adjusting this gradually, too. Younger children, in particular, need to adapt to meal routines before the school day demands it. Plan meals and snacks to accustom little ones to rituals of the school day before the school year begins.

#3: Get organized

Reduce stress for everyone by making sure there’s a family calendar centrally located that everyone can use and refer to. While you’re at it, create a dedicated spot to control the paper chaos that inevitably comes with the start of a new school year.

#4: Get your supplies

Have you taken care of the school supplies list yet? Do backpacks and lunch bags need replacing? Is a clothes shopping outing in order? Now is when you’ll find all the back-to- school sales, although the sales come at the price of everyone else being out looking for deals at the same time. Be sure to bring a list with you of everything you need, partly so that you don’t forget anything and partly to keep down the impulse spending.

#5: The paperwork

If your children came home at the end of the school year with forms for the next year, dig these up, make sure they’re filled in and have them ready to go back. Check bus schedules to see when and where your children will be picked up.

#6: Homework central

Whether your children do homework in the kitchen, in their rooms or somewhere else, if their homework space has been taken over during the summer, it’s time to get it back into shape. An efficient, functional and inviting homework space goes a long way toward encouraging the most out of your children.

With a little planning, the change in routine from lazy summer to crazy fall shouldn’t be a difficult one.

And have a great school year!

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